Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday Resolution and more

I try not to update this too much. But I just had to do this today for idea-overflow reasons.
So I'll list the ideas first:
  1. I was thinking of making one amazing post every Friday (since it's the weekend) and call it maybe "Extraordinary Friday".
  2. Also, a one-sentence-entry; inspired by One Sentence.
  3. How about a photo entry that would include pictures from here and here.
So anyway, I was taking to my sister today having overheard her talk about Sarah Maple; a very controversial artist, at least to us being Muslims. I cannot deny the fact that she is one great artist, for her very interesting ways of portraying the conflicts, inner and outer, that we face in 21st century societies. And how that, generally, affects our being "good Muslims" or "open-minded young women". It is pretty much a very hard equilibrium to reach since it involves not only a lot of compromises but also a multitude of challenges and tests imposed on us (Muslim girls/women) by the modern( westernized) society and being true to and representing our religion.

Now on to one of my favorite words (yes, I do have a list of favorite words); Paradigm. I first got acquainted with the magical word when I read the book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens" when I was 15, and I've loved it eversince.
par·a·digm (pār'ə-dīm', -dĭm'):
   1. One that serves as a pattern or model.
   2. A set or list of all the inflectional forms of a word or of one of its grammatical categories: the paradigm of an irregular verb.
   3. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.
The word paradigm is associated with AIESEC to me; an AIESEC Video! Also this imitation of Figaro (I love you sami!) And that's me in the red top back in 2005, oh the days when I was SLIM!
Also, in AIESEC-themed nostalgia: Arthur

Time for a new Journaling Sunsets tradition! Tuesday Resolution! My resolution this week is to be nice to my mom. I am in so many ways like my mom, and we tend to have fun together, yet I suck at treating her the way she should be treated, so yeah...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Musical Inspiration

such a great song!

My weekend:
  • Went to Alexandria; where I had to wear winter clothes for the first time this Autumn/Winter. I also got to spend some time with my boyfriend and my cousins.
  • My mom BROKE one of the tires on her car..
  • I ruined one of my molars, exposing the nerves...I don't know how I managed to do that but I have been living on painkillers for the past two days.
Some song lyrics I find inspiring:
  • If it's a broken part, replace it
    If it’s a broken arm then brace it
    If it's a broken heart then face it  -Details in Fabric- Jason Mraz
  • Look at the stars,
    Look how they shine for you,
    And everything you do,
    Yeah, they were all yellow.
    Yellow- Coldplay (I actually love the whole song!)
  • I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
    They'll learn much more than I'll never know
    And I think to myself what a wonderful world
    Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world. What a Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong
  • And rain falls angry on the tin roof
    As we lie awake in my bed.
    You're my survival, you're my living proof.
    My love is alive -- not dead.
    Tell me that we belong together.
    Dress it up with the trappings of love.
    I'll be captivated,
    I'll hang from your lips,
    Instead of the gallows of heartache that hang from above. I'll be-Edwin McCain
This font reminds me of my boyfriend! Wow, it really does, it's as if I am watching him type or talking to him online. Speaking of my boyfriend, something about him is bothering me and I can't seem to tell him...I don't know how to tell him; nicely.

My granduncle just emailed me. I love it when he does, he reminds me of my grandfather(my favorite person in the whole world...I know that he's in a better place though) also, I added my..err what do you call a person whose great grandmother is your great grandmother's twin(the twins were Austrian)? Well I found him on facebook, shows you how facebook is stalker-like and creepy like that lol

What songs inspire you?
What is it that you do to cure the flu? Natural remedies and such? I tried honey and ginger and it doesn't seem to work! (have been sick for a week). Also, do you have any writing prompts?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

If-you can...

Love intensely. Write daily.Listen closely. Hug truly. Ask with curiosity of a child. Live warmly. Look scrutinizing-ly . Learn extravagantly. Mean it. Remember. Dream boundlessly.

Go on every date as if it were your first. Celebrate every birthday as if it were your 18th or 21st. Live festively! Celebrate! Appreciate the gift that is your life. You are an personification of a higher power. You are the creation of the divine

So the darling Maria-Thérèse tagged me to write 8 thing about myself and tag another 8 people; this is my first tag so I am very excited about it!!

Eight things about me: 
  1. I am sadly very absent-minded; I tend to lose things alot: I have lost one of the two anklets my boyfriend bought me for our anniversary, my necklace that had my boyfriend's pendant, another pendant we bought one for each of us and a third pendant, and lastly my boyfriend's favorite cell phone which had survived six years with him.
  2. I have 2 sisters, 1 brother and 16 cousins from my father's side, and two amazing THIRD cousins from my mom's.
  3. I have an obsession with shoes ( I am a size 36 EUR), and another with books.
  4. I have completely....mutated from a baby to an adult/teenager (also this is the longest my hair has been).
  5. I love coffee, salmon sashimi and sunsets by the sea. Oh, and Moleskines and pens!
  6. I have only started recently going to the gym( 2 months)! I love it!
  7. I take unlimited pride in my heritage. Everything about Egypt and being Egyptian (Except for a few major/minor things here and there).
  8. I have an activist inside of me. An aspiring writer. An aspiring social entrepreneur as well.
 Pictures (In order of the numbering above)
Me, my boyfriend and my bestfriend-- the necklace I lost.

Some family.

So I tag:
Gala ( I hope she replies to that)
Ok, three people remain, so if you randomly want to do this, go ahead, just leave a comment!

Monday, November 17, 2008

From "This Book Will Change Your Life"

Day 93:
Humility Day

  • There is 1 chance in 140 trillion that the Earth should exist.
  • There us 1 chance in 795 billion that life should have evolved on Earth.
  • There is 1 chance in 89 billion that life should have evolved into mankind.
  • There is 1 chance in 12 billion that mankind should have created the alphabet and thus civilization.
  • There is 1 chance in 6 billion that your parents should ever have met and got together.
  • There is 1 chance in 90 million that you should have been the lucky sperm that fertilized your mother's egg.
  • Overall, you're pretty lucky to be here. Today remember that, and show some cosmic humility.
Just a thought that I loved! Remember that. Always remember that. You are one of a kind. You are one, not in a million, but in NINETY million! Appreciate that.

Can anyone recommend any similar books?

Saturday, November 15, 2008


And this could be one of my favorite poems/quotes ever.

It is a beautiful day!

  • I have obviously been blog-surfing today (For the past couple of hours really), and oh, the amazing blogs! check them on the right side here-->
  • I think I am catching a silly flu, and this is absolutely not the right time for it. Honestly, is it ever the right time to catch cold?
  • Since it is Autumn, and I am definitely in need of a Spring reminder, or simply on an amazingly sunny winter day a flower crown would do anyone good! Make your own.
  • You ask why I love Egypt?
I love her for the weather: the fact that it's almost December and I haven't, not even for once, put on a coat or a heavy jacket; everything I wear is mid-season like.

I love her for the Nile. Enough said.
I love her for Alexandria(Mediterranean). I love her for Sokhna (Red Sea).
I love her for the Old buildings; standing proudly alongside the new ones.

I ♥ home!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Labdien everyone!(thank you Flickr)

Last night was my very first parents' meeting ever, not that I liked it or anything...I just liked talking to my favorite student's mother! And the three hours just miraculously flew by, for me to find my cousins and aunt from Alexandria outside the school gates; such an amazing surprise!

Anyway, being dead tired I went home and slept, with a phone switched off.
Speaking of phones:
  1. My K850i hs gone crazy; the sensors aren't working.
  2. I took my boyfriend's beloved phone and lost it.
  3. I broke the screen of yet another phone.
I present to you, ladies and gentlemen the Phone Curse!

No link-y link time:
On Learning and education:
  • I also want to go to University of Helsinki. Has anyone been there to study? I know they're one of the best around. I want to do my graduate studies there.
  • The Chinese language being the most widely spoken language in the world seems very interesting and curiosity provoking to me,so I intend on contacting the Chinese Cultural Center about the dates, times, and prices of learning Chinese.
Oh, and I love Maz Jobrani!

Oh and I love tinkerbell!
1. All You Need Is Faith and Trust...., 2. Tinkerbell, 3. Tinker Bell, 4. 228/365 days: capturing light

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


You know those times when you feel so intensely uninspired? I do!
I don't want to even go to work. This morning I woke up late and was supposed to drive my brother and sister to school to find that *surprise surprise* my car wouldn't even start! So I decided I won't even go to find out that they need me at school.

I wanted to go get my transcripts from Cairo University, but oh well, maybe that's what you get for not doing what you like and trying to like what you do. I have failed to do that. I am sorry.

I have the urge to act free. To act young. To act like a bird.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Beyond the Eye

When Waves Collide - Zoomed, originally uploaded by acastellano.
The Breaking of a Wave Cannot Explain the Whole Sea.

I find this quote amazing. It's like an eternally inspiring way of asking someone not to judge, of stopping yourself from judging, actually.
I have the urge but not the time to write.
I have the urge but not the inspiration to write.
I need to buy a Moleskine and a 2009 calander, I can't believe the year has almost come to an end. It has been a good year honestly.
Maybe next year I'll go to Amsterdam or Paris or Rome. I just want to travel as an adult.
Will everyone post their dream job/career? Mine is to be a social entrepreneur!
Now, to a picture of one of my favorite cities, and my second favorite sea (The Red Sea being my very favorite)

Picture by Hayek  Hayek

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Last night

Define a state of shock.

My cousin has gone through a very serious one last night, leaving me in shock. I feel obliged to go to Alexandria and be there for her.

I want to leave my current job except that, there are a very few kids that I seriously adore

Will post pictures of my new earrings and necklace which I bought from the amazing Eman ElBanna soon.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


To everyone who has voted for Obama, you just made history!
I hope he's sincere and honest and true.
Being the first African-American President, he should have a lot of eyes watching him and a lot of pressure which I think he shouldn't give in to.


Tan stockings, originally uploaded by athinas81.
Apart from the fact that I love the dress, the colors in this picture are very Autumn-like! On the other hand, this following picture was taken by the Red Sea on the first of November(during the AIESEC conference), also supposedly Autumn:

Monday, November 3, 2008

November Already

And I still leave the gym in half sleeved T-shirts!

On Sand:
Funny how I feel the sand against my feet and cringe. Or not. I didn't find it much of a problem last weekend to walk barefoot on the sand, unlike how I have always felt. I have always hated the sand touching my feet.

On the weather:
Cold nights are what I mostly miss, I miss snuggling up and endlessly, restlessly searching for a position where I am entirely warm.

On books:
I have been compulsively buying books lately, and haven't been reading as much. I think it is because of work. Currently, I am reading French Woman Don't Get Fat and so far, I love the book! Waiting in line are: The unbearable lightness of being, 1984, In the eye of the sun.

Anyway it's time to go to what has been hitting me as a tedious job this week. Then I go to the gym, hopefully!